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Spaghetti with Pecorino and Black Pepper

Grated Pecorino Romano, a hard straw-white cheese, emboldens spaghetti. Of the many varieties of pecorino, Romano is the most popular and is widely available here. It has an intense, peppery flavor -- think saltier Parmesan with a kick.

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  • Servings: 4
Spaghetti with Pecorino and Black Pepper

Source: Everyday Food, April 2008

Ingredients

  • Coarse salt
  • 12 ounces spaghetti
  • 1 1/2 cups finely shredded Pecorino Romano cheese (4 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook spaghetti until al dente. Reserve 1 cup pasta water. Drain pasta; return to pot.

  2. To pasta in pot, add 1 cup reserved pasta water. Gradually add 1 cup Pecorino, tossing constantly with tongs until cheese is melted; add pepper. Toss to coat pasta lightly; if desired, gradually add a little more pasta water to thin. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese, and serve immediately.

Cook's Note

Make sure to freshly shred the cheese, as it will melt more easily.

Reviews (5)

  • el70229 12 May, 2013

    Wow this really qualifies as a recipe? This now gives me confidence to share a recipe I've been tweaking for a while. I'm calling it "Cereal with Milk" ..basically the same concept, just not quite the same level of complexity.

  • MandeJill 23 Oct, 2010

    bet thiswould be great if you used spaghetti squash also or instead of the noodles :)

  • Freakymom 22 Oct, 2010

    I am of Greek descent. I remember my mother and aunts making this dish when I was a young child in the 1950s. They told me that this dish became extremely popular during the depression since it was so economical and satisfying to feed this to the family.

  • Eucharistal 29 Sep, 2008

    Made with whole wheat pasta and added sauteed onion and bell peppers - delicious!

  • gracieb83 6 May, 2008

    I loved this. In fact I ate it nearly everyday for dinner for a week. It's very fast and easy and surprisingly yummy

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